THE HAPPY TRIP’S SWEET EXPERIENCE AT THE SUGAR BEACH, SIPALAY
It’ been a while since my last visit in Sipalay. Sipalay is one city in Negros Occidental which has great beaches, nice diving spots and a good place to spend your vacation or weekend. Unlike other popular beaches in the country, the beaches in Sipalay are not yet that crowded so I can say that it is still an ideal place to spend time with friends and loved ones.
That was Saturday, 2 in the morning when we left Bacolod City for Sipalay. We decided to just commute so we took the Ceres Bus which brought us straight to Sipalay City. The travel time was around a little less than 5 hours.
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There were few stopovers from various terminals on our way to Sipalay, but I just stayed on the bus all along as I was half sleeping most of the time.
Prior to this trip we already made our reservation in one of the resorts in Sipalay, The Sulu Sunset Resort at the Sugar Beach . For those who are not so familiar with the place, Sipalay has two major beaches: the Punta Ballo and the Sugar Beach. Both beaches are actually occupied by several resorts of various classes. Of course, there are also resorts in Sipalay that are not found in these two major beach areas.
travelling to the Sugar Beach by boat…
THE ”SOUR” PART OF THIS TRIP
When we arrived at the city of Sipalay, a lady immediately approached us the moment we got out of the bus asking if we are going to the resort. She offered a tricycle to bring us to our destination.Actually , we haven’t been to the sugar beach yet because we are used to visiting the Punta Ballo Beach in Sipalay. To cut the long story short, we hop in the tricycle without even asking how much was the price for the ride (maybe we were sleepy yet).The tricycle brought us to a place where we need to ride a motorized boat to bring us to the Sugar Beach. The tricycle asks PHP 300 and the motorized boat asked for another PHP 300.00. We thought all the while that this was really the usual route only to find out that we can even go straight to the resort from the city proper using a motorized boat for only PHP 300.00 —-Oh, If we only asked! Anyway, at least we were able to share our blessings on that day. Anyway, please read “ How to get there” at the bottom of this post.
By the way, you should only take the above-mentioned route if the weather is not so good and the sea is rough.
The Sugar beach is lined by coconut trees…
ARRIVAL AT THE SUGAR BEACH
After the smooth boat ride, we finally got to see the beach for all its beauty. The sun was perfect and as expected, the place was practically quiet. For the entire stretch of beach, there were only a few people swimming .
with fellow Happy Trippers: social influencers Daryl Java and Juvy Eramis
OUR STAY AT SULU SUNSET RESORT
The check-in at the Sulu Sunset resort is supposed to be 12 noon time,but since the room is not occupied they just allowed us to put our things inside our nipa huts . While waiting for our rooms, we decided to just stay at the main pavilion of the resort to have our breakfast.
Unfortunately, the resort has a weird schedule of their services. Their breakfast only starts at 8 am, and what you can enjoy before 8 am is just coffee and other canned drinks. The reason for this was, their cook only arrived at 8 in the morning. For the lunch, you have to wait until 11 am before you can order for your meal…again, they have no one to cook prior to this time. I know others will be irritated with this system, but if you come to think of it, I guess they have to really schedule everything so that they can only get the right number of manpower so that they can survive even during the lean season.
While they have a big announcement that no outside food is allowed inside their main pavilion or restaurant, they don’t inspect also if you brought some food with you. Well, we didn’t bring anything with us, except that I have some sweets and water in my bag because I have diabetes. So maybe when you go there some extra snacks which you can slip in your bags would be great. Or if you really wanted to bring more food, just eat it outside the resort. But of course it would be great to order everything there…to support these beaches.
L-R: Edgar, Juvy Eramis, Daryl Java and your truly….having our morning coffee at the Sulu Beach Resort
In a nutshell here’s my short evaluation of the Sulu Sunset Resort :
- Room rates are very reasonable or shall I say cheap. We took the small hut at 650 with 2 single beds and private bathroom. They don’t have any air-conditioned room. It’s funny because the restroom has no door so if you would want to use the CR for a very personal reason, you should really ask your roommate to go out first
- Food is quite expensive. Maybe this is their main source of income because their rooms are quite cheap.
- Taste of food? While they don’t have really spectacular food on their menu, I think the taste of what they have is pretty good.
- They have limited staff, so if they have more guests, expect some delays.
- They have friendly staff and the place is clean .
- Schedule of meals: 8 am for the breakfast and 11 for lunch… (some might be annoyed by this).
- They also have a motorized boat which can fetch and send off their guests for a fee of course.
- Shall I recommend this place? I think so, with the price that you pay I guess this place is pretty reasonable.
with Daryl Java, experimenting with our underwater cameras….
THE SUGAR BEACH
The Sugar Beach is a kilometer-long beach in the city of Sipalay.Unfortunately, this beach is not so popular yet ,That is why it gets not much visitors. The only Filipinos that come are largely from Bacolod City. Oh, what a shame, that was my first time also to visit the place, considering that I am from the Negros Island.
From afar you can see the sand at the beach having a light sugary brown appearance (hence, the name ). However, the sand gets instantly darkens when wet.
beautiful sunset at the Sugar Beach, Sipalay
The beach is beautifully lined with coconut and other trees that provide lots of shade.The beach is enclosed by rock formations, providing a nice backdrop for photographs.
One interesting feature of the beach, of course, is the sight of fisherfolks casting their nets along the shoreline or collecting their harvest for the day.
Since the Sugar Beach is facing west, you’re guaranteed dramatic sunsets almost every day. I was able to take a short video of the beautiful sunset at the place.
Fisherfolks at the Sugar Beach, Sipalay
Island hopping could one of the most exciting parts of one’s visit to the Sugar Beach. Through Island Hopping, you will be able to see various spots in Sipalay. The usual charge of the boat for this trip is PhP 300 for the first 1 hour and PhP 200/hour for the succeeding hours (price may vary depending on the size of the boat). Time starts the moment you leave the shore of the sugar beach. You shouldn’t count also the fraction of the time, if you exceeded 30 minutes but not reach 1 hour, that is already counted as 1 hour. I guess, no need to quarrel on the price, this rate is pretty much reasonable especially if you have a good number in your group. In our case, there were only 3 of us and we used up a little less than 3 hours (that’s only PhP 700).
Please take note that some beaches or destination at the Island Hopping has minimal entrance fees. So please bring extra money, better yet ask the boatman before the trip.
Philippine Airlines and Cebu Pacific operate daily flights from Manila to Bacolod, and to Dumaguete as well. There are also flights from Cebu to Bacolod City.
Sipalay is the second to the last City of Negros on the southern part. If you are coming from Bacolod, take a Ceres bus at the South terminal going to Hinoba-an, which will pass by Sipalay; if from Dumaguete, take one going to Sipalay. Please check here for the Schedule of the Ceres Bus.
Get off at Sipalay Market. Most resorts at Sugar beach can arrange a boat ride for you. So better ask the resorts assistance for this. The boat is usually charging PhP 300/trip.
Another option and the longer route would be by a tricycle to Nauhang (Php 300/trip). Once there, you’ll have to cross a river on a paddle boat (Php50/person), then walk all the way to your resort. Another option, you can get off after the bridge, walk a few meters to the beach, then board a motorized boat that will take you straight to your resort (PhP 300/trip). This is the only feasible route especially if the sea is rough.
MORE PHOTOGRAPHS FROM THIS TRIP
enjoying Halo-halo after our late lunch at the Mixed Seafood Resturant, Food park, Sipalay
in one of the beaches we’d visited in our Island hopping
had my selfie early in the morning at the Sugar beach, Sipalay